Author Archives: Stick

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.

Butt In A Sling (BIAS) Weight Weenie Micro Hammock w/ Knotty Mod

I was recently talking with Shane from Butt In A Sling Hammock Gear, and he offered to send me one of their hammocks to give a try. When looking through the BIAS site,the Weight Weenie Micro jumped out at me … Continue reading

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Watson’s Performance Long Sleeve Top & Long John Bottoms

I  recently received a pair of Watson’s Performance medium weight Long Sleeve Top, & Long John Bottoms, in the mail from Chateau Lingerie Mfg. Inc., in exchange for a review. I accepted these items with plans to use them as base layers … Continue reading

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Post Hike Gear Talk (Newfound Gap to Max Patch)

I recently headed out for a (much-needed) 4 day section hike along the Appalachian Trail. I covered 50 miles, starting at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and finished on the beautiful bald called Max Patch. This … Continue reading

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October ’14 AT Section Hike (Newfound Gap to Max Patch)

Last Tuesday night I pulled up into the Newfound Gap parking area around 10 PM. My backpack was all packed up, propped up in the back seat. Beside that was a duffel bag with clean clothes for after my hike, … Continue reading

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Why do I hike?

I hike to live, although, I don’t necessarily live to hike… I hike to love, and yes, I do love to hike… but it’s not that simple… there’s so much to that… I don’t really know all the reasons why … Continue reading

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Where am I going, & what am I taking?

In 10 days I will be heading out to complete another 67 miles of the Appalachian Trail! I will begin at 441/Newfound Gap, and will finish at Hot Springs a few days later. After completing this section, I will then … Continue reading

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